More than 70 percent of jobless Qataris refuse to work in the private sector, according to a new survey.
The Government second-quarter labour force sample survey found the reluctance to work for private companies was despite a government push that included quotas for employers to meet, the Penninsula reported.
Of the 1,332 jobless Qataris surveyed it found only 334, or 74.9 percent, were keen to take up jobs in the private sector.
Women were most against taking up a private job with 738, or 76.4 percent, of the 966 women surveyed rejecting the idea.
Of the 366 Qatari men surveyed, 71 percent, or 260, opposed working in the private sector.
The sample survey was carried out for the April to June period by the Ministry of Development Planning and Statistics.
It came as a separate survey of 242 jobless Qataris with secondary school qualifications found they would not work for the private sector for a variety of reasons.
Work timings, such as two shifts a day, were cited as a major barrier for not taking up private employment.
Only 44 respondents cited low wages as a reason for their dislike of a private job, while another 44 said it was working six days a week.
The average monthly pay of people employed in Qatar in the second quarter was QR9,636 ($2,646).
There were a total of more than 1.46 million people in the country in paid employment, with men on average earning about QR10,302 ($2,829) and women QR7,893 ($2,167).
However, of the 1.46 million employed, only 173,220 were women, according to the ministry’s survey.